Listen to Valery Trails’ Driving, Triumphant “Hollywoodland”

J. Edward Keyes

By J. Edward Keyes

on 04.16.14 in News

It’s not the first time we’ve said this, but as goes Australia, so goes the rest of indiedom. In just the course of the last week, we’ve written about Total Control and Ausmuteants, and we published this list ofAustralian bands to watch back when Royal Headache, Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Bitch Prefect and others started turning our heads. brisbane’s Valery Trails skew more melodic than the bands listed above; their reference points are late ’80s college rock, which they channel into songs that are rugged and melodic — think the best moments of Sugar and Buffalo Tom and you’re getting close. In gently-gleaming “Hollywoodland,” frontman Andrew Bower recalls a week spent in a run-down hotel in Hollywood, and the insight it gave him into the other side of glamor — the city’s seedy underbelly where optimism begins to decay and despair slowly seeps in. But despite the lyrics’ dark subject matter, the song feels driving and triumphant, chords crashing like white waves on the beach as Bower stumbles in the dark toward an epiphany.